Hope Begins With a Meal is back for 2020!

With community needs that are perhaps greater than ever this year, we do plan to conduct Woodcrest’s fourth annual Hope Begins With A Meal (HBWAM) Thanksgiving food campaign again this fall!  However, the COVID-19 virus has impacted almost every aspect of our daily lives in 2020, and Hope Begins With A Meal is no exception.  The campaign this fall will look and feel much different than in previous years.  Much of the fellowship that we have enjoyed in previous years among Woodcresters and with recipients of food bags will not be possible this year.  

The mix of benefits that HBWAM provides to our community and our church may look different than in past years, but the benefits will be no less significant.  In fact, they may be greater!  We will be providing help in the form of food to some individuals and families who are badly in need.


  • Goal: 500 bags of food (Thanksgiving meals for 2,500 people)
  • Key Dates
    • Recipient registration opens: October 1
    • Donation Kickoff – Sunday, October 4
    • Packup/Pickup Saturday – November 14
  • We need your donations!!
    • Online (enter the amount in the HBWAM box)
    • Check or cash in the offering collection box (see details below)
    • Check or cash in the HBWAM donation box (see details below)
  • We need your help!!

 Details of the 2020 campaign:

  • Contribution to UGM will be monetary

We will be partnering with Union Gospel Mission (UGM) again in their Thanksgiving Food Drive.  UGM is requesting that all contributions be in the form of monetary donations, so the Woodcrest contribution to UGM this year will be a monetary one instead of bags of food.  UGM will use monetary donations to procure all of the needed food in bulk and pack with minimal personnel.

  • GOAL: 500 bags of food

Our goal is to raise donations sufficient to provide 500 Thanksgiving bags of food

  • 430 bags will be reserved for families who register with Woodcrest
  • 20 bags will be reserved for a Thanksgiving meal for Gold Star families
  • The equivalent of 50 bags will be donated to Union Gospel Mission
  • Families in need can register online with Hope Begins With A Meal as food bag recipients (call-in registrations cannot be accepted)
    • Fill out the online form
    • Registration opens on October 1
  • Donations to Hope Begins With A Meal_2020 will be monetary only

Woodcrest will be collecting monetary donations only.  The collected funds will be used to purchase the needed food items in bulk.  Due to COVID-19, no food items can be collected and accumulated during the campaign this year.  Donations can be made:

  • Online: (Enter the amount in the HBWAM box)
  • Offering Collection box in the church commons area
    • Checks – make checks out to Woodcrest Church; designate “Hope Begins With A Meal” on the memo line
    • Cash – put in an envelope and designate for Hope Begins With A Meal on the front of the envelope
  • Donation box at HBWAM Project Central in the church commons area
    • Checks – designate for Hope Begins With A Meal on the memo line
  • We will have Packup Day to pack food bags at the church
    • Packup Day will be Saturday, November 14 (morning)
    • Monetary donations will be used to procure food in bulk just prior to Packup Day.
    • COVID safety protocols will be followed: no food served; distancing; masks required, etc.
    • We need volunteers to help!! Click HERE to sign up.  
  • We will have Pickup Day for Woodcrest registrants to pick up food bags at the church.
    • Pickup Day will be Saturday, November 14 (afternoon). Packup Day and Pickup Day will be on the same day this year. 
    • Recipients will remain in their cars and food bags will be delivered to them for curbside pickup.
    • We will not have an opportunity for food and fellowship with recipients this year
    • We need volunteers to help!! Click HERE to sign up.